Safeguarding and pupil welfare

Hampton Court House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and require all staff and volunteers actively to share this commitment.

The safeguarding of children is the responsibility of everyone within the Hampton Court House community.

We ask if anyone sees or witnesses anything which compromises our commitment to safeguarding that this be brought swiftly to the attention of a member of The Safeguarding Team:

The Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Amy Burgess

You may also contact our nominated Safeguarding Governor Libby Nicholas

Deputy DSLs

Early Years DSL Genevieve Mackenzie

Prep School DSL Susie Byers

Senior School DSL Katy Deacon

SENDCO Talat Khan

Samuel Dykes

Janak Odedra

We recognise that the impact of abuse (whether emotional, neglect, physical or sexual) can have lifelong consequences in terms of an individual’s self-esteem and/or the ability to form trust-filled relationships in later life. We actively promote an ethos which places a safeguarding culture at the very heart of Hampton Court House.

The School will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an ethos where all children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to
  • Ensure that all children know there is an adult in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty
  • Include across the curriculum (and through PSHE / Life Skills / Perspectives Tutorials and Assemblies) opportunities which equip our children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm and to know whom they should turn to for help.

All teachers receive safeguarding training on a regular basis (at least once a year). In addition, awareness training takes place throughout each term on a rolling programme. The Safeguarding Team receive higher levels of training to support their role in decision-making and liaising with outside agencies, including children’s services and the police. Senior staff are also trained in safeguarding relating to safer recruitment procedures.

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please consult the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures, and record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to a member of the Safeguarding Team as soon as possible (ideally the same day). Do NOT conduct your own investigation.

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that he/she is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this in confidence to the Headmaster (or to the nominated safeguarding governor if the concern relates to the Headmaster) who will consider what action to take.

Integrated Safeguarding Portfolio

We firmly seek to establish a culture of safeguarding at Hampton Court House, which is underpinned by the following portfolio of integrated policies: